If you've just discovered you're pregnant or you think you may be pregnant, then you're probably thinking about your options. You may be wondering how you'll cope with pregnancy or how you'll afford to support yourself and your unborn child. You may be encouraged to make a quick and uninformed decision on what choice you'll make next.
When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, couples often have two immediate choices. They can choose to continue the pregnancy, or not. Not all women have this option for several reasons. For some, abortion isn't an alternative they are willing to consider for various reasons, including religion, medical, ethical and person beliefs. For others, making the choice to have an abortion isn't an option because they are unable or unwilling to recognize that they are pregnant.
We encourage you to stop, take a deep breath and think about the options that are available to you. Often, couples facing an unplanned pregnancy will feel rushed to make a decision that they haven't been given time to explore. Take time to investigate all of your options. You may decide that continuing your pregnancy is in the best interest of you and your unborn child and if that's the case, it then creates a number of additional options available to you and your child, when he or she is born.
Make and informed and responsible decision by educating yourself about the options you have available to you and your unborn child. If you need help exploring your options, there are resources available at no cost to you.
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